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rehearsed candidate ever before a presidential debate. >> what is president obama's biggest strength, congressman? >> he's got that big smile. but other than that, look, he's a very charming person. there's a reason why he became the president of the united states. but it's going to be a good debate. >> what are you worried about, bill, the most as far as president obama is concerned? >> well, as you know, i worked for president obama for a long time. and i love the guy. but he does have this reputation for sometimes speaking in paragraphs and not in sound bites. in this kind of venue, sound bites are the thing that's important. so i think that any obama supporter who really loves the president is a little worried that maybe sometimes he may speak longer than the evening news and the morning news the next day is able to cover in full. >> as someone who's moderated four debates with him can testify to that. congressman, to you, what's the biggest weakness governor romney has. i've moderated four debates with him as well. >> there's so much material to attack the president on -- >> no.
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the last presidential -- the first presidential debate. obama now at 45%, romney at 49%. that's a significant shift from before the debate when the president was ahead by eight points, 51% to 43%. but let's dig a little bit deeper right now. this question, all likely voters who were asked answered, obama doesn't know how to turn the economy around, do you agree or disagree? 54% said they agree with that. 44% they say disagree. that sounds like trouble for the president's reelection campaign. >> that does. that number -- first of all, the top-line numbers are surprising because i believe pew has been a pr pre-pro obama poll. pew's been pretty good for obama. the top-line numbers are really surprising. have to see if other polls show the same thing. but as you point out, that's the key number, the economy. how does obama get out of this box of voters being not happy with the economy? but up until now, willing to perhaps give him another chance. i'm surprised. i'm surprised the debate turned things around, if they indeed have, that quickly. obama has two more debates to turn thin
the race but didn't up end it still a slight edge for president obama. >> we know the vice presidential debate this week. there have been memorable moments before. we remember this from four years ago. >> nice to meet you. hey, can i call you joe. >> you can call me joe. >> can i call you joe. that was sarah palin holding her own against joe biden and this memorable moment from the 19 8 debate. vice presidential candidate lloyd bentsen saying this to dan quayle as he said he had as much experience as jfk. >> jack kennedy was a friend of mine, senator, you're no jack kennedy. >> so powerful moments, rick, but did they make a difference? >> two of the most vice presidential debate lines of all time but both were uttered by losing candidates. they know the stakes are huge for the debate. this is brand-new terrain for paul ryan. biden has more pressure on him now than ever because of the man at the top of the ticket's poor performance last week. >> we'll all be watching. rick klein with the bigger picture, thank you. this right here one on one, george and diane at the dafk and jake tapper a
happened last night. when mitt romney beat president obama in last night's televised debate. so the first televised presidential debate that we had was in 1960. here are all of the other years that we have since have televised presidential debates. every four years now we have these debates on tv. the only years, though, so these are all the years, right, right? the only years, though, in which you had an incumbent president running against a challenger in all of the years we've had presidential debates on tv are these years. so in terms of understanding the historical context of what happened last night when mitt romney beat president obama in this first debate, this is the universe of like things to compare it to. this is how to understand it in terms of american political history. it's only these years right here. that's it. now, by definition, you never have an incumbent president in this situation more than once. presidents can only serve two terms so there's only one opportunity when they carry into that debate, when they're running for re-election, they carry into that debate the g
by being truthful, doing a good job as a presidential candidate, these guys and the obama camp are not going go down without something. they're going pull something, sean and american public is kind of going along with what they want to do. the american public just needs to be aware that they have got to do their own home work. don't relie on the shelter of the media. be aware something could be pulled here to turn things around. >> there is 34 days out of an election this, president never asked about the promise he'd cut the deficit in half in the first term and gave us $6 trillion in debt and fewer americans working and there is media basically sold out the american people and not have done their job. governor, great to see you, thank you for being with us. still ahead on this post debate spin room edition more with frank luntz and his focus group z we'll be joined by rudy giuliani, juan williams and kirsten powers and the man who helped prep governor romney for tonight's debate, senator rob portman. >> second topic getting a deduction to take a plant overseas? i've been in b
conversations] you're live in denver for the first presidential debate of 2012. between president obama and mitt romney. held at the university of denver. there are no opening statements, we're ready to here moderator introduce the candidates and ask the first question. >> moderator: i remember good evening. [laughter] [inaudible] [inaudible conversations] >> okay. they lag. it is two minutes. they are just testing us. they are just testing us. [inaudible conversations] >> moderator:..it. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> moderator: 30 seconds, folks. let's have a terrific evening for all of you. good evening from the madness arena at the university of colorado. im jim lehrer of the pbs "newshour." i welcome you to the 2012 debates between barack obama, the democratic nominee and former massachusetts governor, mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate in the next three, two presidential, one vice presidential are sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. tonight's 90 minutes will be about domestic issues that will follow a format designed by the commission.
didn't care for mitt romney, and last night president obama gave him, you know, some much needed life support. >> so -- >> you know what, it's not over. >> of course. no, no, it's not over at all. we have two more debates, and obviously a vice presidential debate as well. anna, romney actually talked a lot about jobs. he kept going back to had it. he was very, very focused here, and he accused the president of killing jobs. it didn't even matter what the subject was. he kept bringing it back to jobs. was there anything that you felt that the president needed to focus on, that he could have made more inroads? >> he needed to focus, period, suzanne. he just was unfocused. he wasn't quite there. you know, he -- why didn't he bring up all the -- why didn't he correct the things he felt he needed correcting? because he was slow-footed. why didn't he focus on one or two or three of his big achievements? because he was slow-footed. he just wasn't at the top of his game. i think mitt romney took advantage of that and, you know, we saw him even dominate the debate format and really just be hea
country. arena. i welcome you to the first presidential debate between president barack obama and the republican nominee mitt romney. this debate and the next three are sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. about domestic issues and will follow a format designed by the commission. there will be six 15-minute segments with two-minute answers the segment. thousands of people offered suggestions on questions via the internet and other means. i made the final selections. they were not submitted for approval to the commission or the candidates. the economy -- one each on health care, the role oftre will be an emphasis throughout on differences, specifics, and choices. closing statements. the audience has promised to remain silent. no cheers, applause, or other candidates have to say. [applause] welcome to you both. let's start with the economy. segment one. let's begin with jobs. what are the major differences between the two of you about how you would go about creating new jobs? you have two minutes each to start. the coin toss has determined that mr. president goes
, "varney & company," today is monday october the 1st. wednesday is the first presidential debate and the obama campaign spent the weekend trying to low up media expectations that the president's already won. most mainstream polls do indeed have president obama in the lead, but according to rasmussen, governor romney has an edge among certain voters. 43% of likely voters say they are certain they will vote for mitt romney. 42% say they'll vote for the president. that's a very slight edge, but 15% of voters say they are uncommitted, with a number that large, the debate takes on added importance. new jersey governor chris christie in sharp contrast to the media thinks that romney will pull off a clear win this week. listen to this. >> i've seen mitt romney do this before. he's going to come in wednesday night, go out for america, and he's going to contrast what his view is and what the president's record is and view for the future and this whole race is going to be turned upside down come thursday morning. upsidedown thursday morning, i'm going to offer an opinion, no matter what, t
aggressive but i don't believe he was more presidential. i believe the president obama handled himself with that dignified reserve is his hallmark. anybody that expected him to come out in an aggressive in your face way has not been watching the president for these last four years. i thought the president was particularly strong tonight, especially in contrasting the two economic views of these candidates. president obama's view of how we fix our economy. much more in line with main strewn americans believe, the middle class believes. the things that president clinton used, balanced approach. opportunity and, i thought that governor romney really didn't do anything to dissuade the general public from the view that he would like to go back to the days of the bush tax cuts for the wealthy and hope that this time, instead of growing deficits, and growing unemployment, that it grows jobs. so governor romney really needed a game changer tonight. i hate to say this but i find myself agreeing with chris christie. governor romney really needed to turn the world upside down. he really need ad g
cases. >> wednesday, president obama and mitt romney meet in their first presidential debate. watch and engage with c-span with our lives debate preview at 7:00 p.m. eastern. on c-span, both candidates on the screen for the entire debate. following, your reaction, calls, e-mails, and tweets. >> coming up on c-span, journalist howard kurtz looks at the role of social and media in the elections. texas senate's debate. later, a presidential debate preview. >> i have all the channels. author, book reviews, speeches, those types of things. if i know a bill is coming up on the floor of the house, i watch which channel i want to see, because i have them all. if there is a speech that i know you have covered or a book review, i am going to watch that. when i want to find out something, that is going to be one of the first places i look. i am obviously a public broadcasting fan. i watched those channels. out of a couple hundred channels, i probably have five or 10 that i go to. it will include all of the c- span channels. >> he watches c-span on direct tv. created in 1979, brought to you as
's for sure. >> vice-presidential debate next week and clinton and -- and romney and obama will debate next tuesday on october 16 at hofstra university in new york. the final face-off on foreign affairs is october 22 at lynn university in florida. will have live coverage of both of those debates on c-span. we will take you to denver where president obama has a campaign rally after last night's debate. the first of two rallies today. some of the original speakers before the president arrives. the crowd has gathered. the president has yet to arrive. . spec him to begin speaking around 12:05 eastern. we will follow that with your phone calls and reaction. up next, the immediate impact of last night's debates on charlie cook. he spoke this morning with republican and democratic pollsters. we will show as much of this as we can until the president arrives in denver after 12:00. >> if i could walk on water, it must be pretty thick. anyway, thank you all for coming. if i am one of the most respected, that is a low bar in this town. greg and i have been friends close to 30 years. this relationship
, enormous number of it will deciders. undecided and swingable independents. if he comes out presidential and goes on the offense with obama there is potential for a lot of upside for him. >> bret: we all have pollitis watching polls. but there is a new one today. the "wall street journal"/nbc poll puts the race at 4% for president obama. vi% for governor romney. if you look at the real clear politics average of polls, this is roughly about that from september 25 to octobe october 2. if you go to the "wall street journal" poll about the economy, approval, how is president obama doing handling the economy? vi% approve. 51% disapprove. brit, while right track/wrong track is narrowing there is still real negative numbers in the polls for president obama. >> well, for romney to have a chance, there better be. because that is the issue that is central. he had been gaining ground on the issue in a way a lot of people thought wasn't possible. if he has begun to retreat, romney needs that to happen. he needs to emerge from the whole campaign, the debates part of them as the person with the abilit
-span viewers what they thought of the first presidential debate. >> i thought obama could have grilled mitt romney on a lot of the things. i love the point he made -- the 47% comment. i think he could grow more. i do think mitt romney did a very good job of bringing forward his arguments. i do feel he was a bit rude in interrupting president obama and the moderator both. >> and i think that even as a democrat myself, mitt romney had some good points. i think that obama could have been a lot more aggressive in this debate. you do not spend the first 20 seconds of the first presidential debate wishing to write a happy anniversary. >> romney did what he was supposed to do. things are not looking good for him. it was natural for him to go back there and be very defensive, as he was to 92 it was incredible to see mitt romney --. >> -- it was incredible, to see mitt romney, who has been dehumanized and beat up, to become human for so many people. you see a compassionate and well composed and absolutely presidential timbre. he is not only well-versed, but he can hold as down anywhere. -- his own a
'll lower taxes on middle income families. martha: by our count president obama mentioned the middle class 19 times, clearly a focus of every presidential election. let's talk about this. lanny davis joins me now. and jonah goldberg is the editor at large for the national review. welcome, jonah. lanny, you listened to all that. what do you think? >> i'm not very happy with the president's performance. i think he did poorly. i agree with him on substance. i think he got the better of the exchange regarding the facts and the policy. but for the obama campaign to put the spokesman on and i'm sure she is doing her best and not to admit he had a bad night and to say we ought to do fact check when the fact checkers have rated obama's ads with four pinocchios. the way to do this is to say look at governor romney. smile, be gracious. don't look down and take notes while a man is talking to you. it's as simple as admitting he had a bad night. but on policy and substance i'm still voting for him. i know she doesn't believe she was saying as she was saying it. she was reading talking points and that
's kind difficult. >> you know what i'm looking to right now is the vice presidential debate? people give biden such a hard time, he's the gaffe machine. i remember when biden was known as a really good communicator, and you know what? there's a difference between biden and obama and how they are in debates and how they approach crowds. biden looks for the guts of the audience and pitches the message to their guts. i'm sure to see how biden does it. >> he's been there and paul ryan has not. >> i think next time if it's a boring debate, we should bring in herman cain, rick perry and newt gingrich just for fun. >> herman cain would be winning right now according to herman cain. >> you've heard our initial reactions. up next we have reactions from the heartland and the capital. we go to des moines, iowa and go to luke russert in washington to see where one of these candidates will end up. [ female announcer ] ready for a taste of what's hot? check out the latest collection of snacks from lean cuisine. creamy spinach artichoke dip, crispy garlic chicken spring rolls. they're this season's mus
presidential debate. president obama will stay in nevada for the next few days to wrap up final preparations. he campaigned in las vegas last night to a group of 11,000 supporters and in an effort to manage his expectations said he's just an okay debater. >> i know folks in the media are speculating already on who's going to have the best zingers. >> you will. >> i don't know about that. president romney is a good debater. >> that is in response to reports that romney is prepping and plans on taking jabs at the president. obama spokeswoman is saying don't expect the president to fire any blows and he looks forward to continuing his conversation with the american people. the president is traveling with a prep team, david axelrod anita dunn and senator john kerry. kerry is playing romney during the mock debates with the president. the team is hunkering down to get the president ready. romney is campaigning in denver today with a stop with the wings over the rockies museum. paul ryan is at a rally in iowa. early voting in iowa is now underway. a washington post poll out this morning shows 63% o
falsehoods and turnabouts. there are still two more presidential debates. and mr. obama has the facts on his side to expose the hollowness of his opponent, but first he has to decide to use them aggressively. i think a lot of people felt that way. >> jon meacham, you'd have to go back to the 2004 bush debate. first bush debate to find a clear winner like we had last night. when you have even liberal publications, liberal editorial pages saying that barack obama didn't show up, and mitt romney won it going away. >> i think that's right. and i think -- it's interesting that incumbent presidents, as we've been talking about, you know, are not accustomed to this forum. it's been a long time since he's been challenged like that. i remember president bush, george w. bush, was quoted -- used to be quoted as saying, you know, people will be out in the oval office waiting room and they'll say i'm going to go in and tell the president, great texas phrase, what all, and they get in and they say oh, what a lovely tie, mr. president. and i think that's a big part of this. and i think that that's one of t
obama's mining for more hispanic votes there. albeit, he'd love to have more cuban american votes as well. >> and fairly quickly, both presidential candidates have made at least 20 campaign stops in the campaign so far. and in issues affecting seniors, both medicare and medicaid, have been the focus, obviously. elderly are incredibly reliable voters. in a short period of time, what do both candidates have to tell florida seniors? >> they're going to try to convince that voting population that the ore one would be worse for medicare, in short. you've heard a lot come out of their mouths about what the other one would do, what their plans are. mitt romney has said he had his own plan, and tried to talk about the money obama has moved. so medicare, medicare, medicare. >> thanks to you both, anne kornblut and mark caputo. >>> the number twos getting on their ticket, getting ready for their matchup. what they're doing ahead of the vice presidential debate. and a lot has been said about the president's performance at this week's debate. we'll talk about the obama campaign national vice
in denver at the site of tonight's first debate, first presidential face-off. a preview from both campaigns with obama deputy campaign manager stephanie cutter and romney senior adviser former missoury senator jim talent. michael benefit from colorado on the changing political landscape out here in a battleground state and chris cizilla, dan balls and jonathan martin with a viewers guide on what to watch for tonight. "andrea mitchell reports" live in denver on msnbc. >> i'm meteorologist bill karins with your big travel forecast. big changes in the midwest but until the cold air arrives a warm day from minneapolis to kansas city, all the way coun through texas. we do have a soupy airs mass, humidity in the air along the eastern seaboard. a chance of showers, but they will be isolated during the day today. the cool air arrives in chicago tomorrow. or get the yard ready for cool an energy weather?n to size? the answer? a lot less. the great american fix-up is going on now... ...with new projects every week and big savings every day. so you can do what needs to be done. today. more saving. mor
terrible. that guy didn't show up. america met a guy with very calm, presidential dem temperament. as a matter of fact, snis interchange with president obama on a lot of things. >> including his anniversary. >> very comfortable in your living room as president. >> it will be interesting to see, because we all believe that governor romney had a good night. interesting to see what the poll numbers do. >> i expect them to, if not, we have a real problem. second thing, we should not forget this, he literally threw his whole tax plan your honor the bus. the -- as a followup. there is another debate, everything tomorrow, there is more shows, more everything, and i think the democrats are really, really going to jump on this. i never proposed any such thing. >> you're expecting team obama to go hard tomorrow. >> i think team obama knows what happened tonight. i don't think -- but i also think that this is the way this campaign works out. what happened tonight will play out clearly through the weekend to the next debate. so we should be a little -- little temperament in terms -- >> what d
with the presidential look. after a failed presidential term, so failed that obama barely even bothers to make the case, preferring to blame everything on his predecessor hinge almost entirely on whether the challenger can meet the threshold of acceptablibility. romney trushed the threshold on wednesday night. >> donny, you're shaking your head yes. >> interesting thought on how you can understand this could happen. in my mind, i think i was the smartest guy in advertising. and if all of a sudden i'm on stage with a guy who's got a small advertising agency -- >> by the way, nobody challenged you for four years in a row. >> and i now -- he's describing his media strategy. it's like, what? i'm going to talk to -- like you can see the psychology behind it. if you're going up against a guy who has a little public access talk show and you have to go one on one, it's like you can't help but go, i don't deserve to be doing this. now, unfortunately, you've got to, and that's what happened to the guy. >> it is human nature. and by the way, mark, we were talking about this yesterday. it happened to ronald reagan
demagoguery from the seventies to obama." are going to talk about that. where do you think the presidential race is right now. guest: mitt romney is looking very good peer that is why in the obama administration did not want to run against mitt romney. he was the most threatening of the candidates. it is very hard to take on an incumbent. it has only happened -- republicans have only done at one time in the last few years. is in the last time it happened when clinton took out bush? it is curious, for example, there were 70 million viewers of that debate the other night, the highest it has been since 1992, the last time an incumbent was taken out. that is because people are uncomfortable with obama, but if they are not political knocks, like we are, they have not been paying attention, or have not been watching the debates and the just want to see who the challenger is and whether they are comparable with him. after monday night, everybody is pretty comfortable with mitt romney. >> i was reading back on your twitter feed. back in february you were saying conservatives should support mitt rom
, rachel maddow. >>> four years ago, there was no incumbent in the presidential debates. >> if you want to run against president bush, he should have ran four years ago. >> four years ago, barack obama and john mccain faced off in a first debate that was nearly canceled when the republican suspended his campaign because of the meltdown on wall street. the day of their second debate, the stock market dropped 500 points. >> now the troubles are spreading. the market took another dive today, and there are some big names now involved. >> reporter: the day of the third debate, the stock market dropped over 300 points. >> fear that the country could be entering in one of the most serious recessions in decades, led by wall street's 700-point sell-off. >> now four years later, the president who faced john mccain in those debates and beat him faces his new republican challenger for the first time. >> i'm looking forward to head to head. >> an mirror image of '08, a campaign is chaotic mash. new issues, new controversies, every day. the polls are bad for romney and good for obama in the swing sta
. that is what people will be listening for. >> tonight, president obama and mitt romney meet in their first presidential debate. watch and engage with c-span with our live debate preview at 7:00 p.m. eastern, followed by two ways to watch the debate at 9:00 p.m. on c-span, both candidates on screen at 9:00 p.m. and following, your reactions, calls, and tweet. a follow our live coverage on c- span, c-span radio, and online at c-span.org. >> and a live look at some of what you might see if you are on hand at the site of tonight's debate. this is the area near the media tent, which is just down the street on the university of denver campus. this is where members of the press are gathered for tonight's coverage. the school is prepared for about 3000 journalists, some importers -- journalists and supporters to be on hand. president obama and governor romney have rehearsal time in the fall schedule to start at about 2:45 p.m. eastern. the debate hall has been closed all day. there has been no access at all. again, live coverage of the debate begins with a preview i 7:00 p.m. and then the policy d
? that moment you enjoy it at home. stouffer's. let's fix dinner. >> today was not only the first presidential debate. it was president obama's 20th wedding anniversary. yeah. i think the president got confused at one point he told michele she was out of touch with the middle class and romney he was beautiful as the day met. >> gretchen: today is my 15th wedding anniversary. >> steve: congratulation . >> gretchen: hi, hone, i know you are about to get on the plane. happy birthday to judy who is 70 today and a faithful viewer of "fox and friends". thanks for viewing our shows. >> steve: way to go. >> gretchen: first presidential debate of three on the books. both sides say romney took the night. how did he separate himself from the president? joining us live from denver and alisia up bright and early and looking good in yellow. hello. >> only way to stay away. both the president and governor romney courted the middle class and each presented themselves as its defender and trying to remain focus on the economy. it began cordially and moved to both men drawing stark differences. governor romney s
would keep the bush tax cuts in place. fewer than half knew that romney and not obama had promised to increase defense spending. only 23% were aware that payroll taxes had decreased during obama's term in office. only slightly more than half knew that paul ryan is the republican vice presidential nominee. the director of the annenberg center, kathleen hall jamieson, our master media decoder is back with us. welcome. >> thank you. >> so who's responsible for the widespread unawareness or ignorance that you report in your survey? is it the candidate, the media, or the voter? >> it's all three. and fortunately, we have the opportunity with presidential debates to do something that reliably increases knowledge. we've been studying presidential debates for a long time as a scholarly community. and to our surprise, we consistently find that those who watch debates, regardless of the level of knowledge they come in with, come out with more accurate knowledge as a general group. and they do this because those who haven't paid a great deal of attention have a lot to learn. those of us who'v
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